While new ideas and innovative programs and pedagogies are exciting, the simplest methods are often the most effective. In Doing What Works, author Chris Weber outlines ten practical, common-sense practices proven to transform student learning and propel school success.

Benefits

  • Rediscover common-sense strategies and practices proven to strengthen schools and increase student learning.
  • Receive recommendations and real-world examples to strengthen understanding of the ten specific practices outlined in the book.
  • Explore how to prioritize content to maximize learning and ensure students learn behavioral skills alongside academic skills.
  • Study strategies that inspire students to take ownership of their learning and empower parents to become active participants in their child’s education.
  • Observe ways to provide rigorous tasks to enrich student learning and communicate clear learning targets.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Teaching Less so Students Learn More
Chapter 2: Predicting and Preventing Challenges
Chapter 3: Letting Students Do the Talking and the Learning
Chapter 4: Keeping Learning Targets Visible and Still
Chapter 5: Nurturing Behavioral Habits That Affect Motivation
Chapter 6: Fostering Two-Way Feedback
Chapter 7: Emphasizing Skills Alongside or Above Content
Chapter 8: Promoting Rigorous Learning Tasks
Chapter 9: Empowering Parents as Partners in Education
Chapter 10: Inspiring and Enabling Staff Engagement

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BOOKS

  • Buffum, A. & Mattos, M. (Eds.). (2015). It’s About Time: Planning Interventions and Extensions in Elementary School. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Weber, C. (2009). Pyramid Response to Intervention: RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don’t Learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Weber, C. (2011). Simplifying Response to Intervention: Four Essential Guiding Principles. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., Weber, C., & Hierck, T. (2015). Uniting Academic and Behavior Interventions: Solving the Skill or Will Dilemma. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R. (2015). In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Karhanek, G. (2004). Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & DuFour, R. (Eds.). (2005). On Common Ground: The Power of Professional Learning Communities. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Lezotte, L. W. & Snyder, K. M. (2010). What Effective Schools Do: Re-Envisioning the Correlates. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2009). Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2017). The New Art and Science of Teaching. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Muhammad, A. (2018). Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Schimmer, T. (2016). Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Sousa, D. A. & Tomlinson, C. A. (2018). Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Weber, C. (2018). Behavior: The Forgotten Curriculum—An RTI Approach for Nurturing Essential Life Skills. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Wiliam, D. (2018). Embedded Formative Assessment (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

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